Press Release

Contact: Kip Roberson

Phone: 541.962.1339 x5




Library Brings the USA and the World to Reference Collection  (LA GRANDE, OREGON, July 24, 2020) – The Cook Memorial Library is pleased to announce that it has recently added AtoZ the USA, the World, and World Culture to its online learning and homeschool offerings.

AtoZ the USA is an unmatched resource for information about the people, culture, geography, government, history, indigenous peoples, food, and symbols of the US states and the United States itself.

AtoZ the World and AtoZ World Culture each include more than 121 topics on 175 countries. Starting with a country snapshot and cultural overview, entries are followed by information on climate, food and recipes, history, language, maps, money and much more.

All 3 resources include teaching tools and lesson plans for educators and homeschoolers.

“World culture books are very popular at the library, but in the past, we’ve never been able to offer resources as comprehensive as these are for the USA and the world, so we’re very excited to offer these databases to our patrons,” said library director Kip Roberson.

Anyone can access these AtoZ resources using the library’s computers or from their mobile devices when they’re connected to the library’s WiFi network.  For home or school access, visit and go to the online learning or homeschool pages and click on the AtoZ icon; you’ll need a valid Cook Memorial Library card.

These AtoZ products are designed for researchers, educators, travelers, global businesses, government agencies­ and anyone who wants to learn about the USA, the world, and their diverse cultures.

Offering AtoZ resources, a product of World Trade Press, the Global Knowledge Company, is an example of Cook Memorial Library’s mission to increase its coverage on topics that are of interest to all patrons.

These databases are supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.

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Cook Memorial Library Introduces Outdoor Browsing (La Grande, Oregon, July 22, 2020)What’s the one thing you miss most about the library? OK, you responded “the wonderful staff” so what’s the second thing you miss most about the library? That’s right, browsing! There’s nothing like browsing the new book shelves in pursuit of that next good read or the latest tome by your favorite author.

While we continue to ready our building for the day we can finally welcome you back inside, we decided we needed to find a way to allow you to be able to browse for books, audiobooks, and movies. With Library Take-Out well-established, we decided to expand upon that idea and Library Take-Out(side) was born.

Library Take-Out(side) kicks off on Tuesday, July 28 from 3:30-5:30pm to coincide with La Grande Farmers Market hours. The “library” will be set up on the sidewalk just outside the main entrance at 4th & Adams. Browsing will be available every Tuesday 3:30-5:30pm, weather permitting.

How does one browse safely for books in a pandemic? Scientific evidence tells us that outdoor events are much safer than indoor events when it comes to contracting the virus. Being outdoors, coupled with mask and physical distancing requirements, makes Library Take-Out(side) a lower risk event. If you don’t have a mask, the library will gladly provide you with one. Library staff may need to limit the number of browsers at any one time.

To avoid having to disinfect and quarantine the browsing collection, visitors will be required to slip on a pair of foodhandler gloves before they start browsing. Gloves will be provided. Hand sanitizer will also be available to facilitate proper glove wearing etiquette.

On Tuesdays, grab your parasol and library card and come browse the dozens of new books we’ve recently added to the collection during Library Take-Out(side).

For those who prefer to place holds online or to call and request items, Library Take-Out remains available. Go online at to place holds on items you want or call 541.962.1339 and tell us what you want. Once your order has been confirmed you can pick up your items Monday thru Friday, 10:00am-Noon or 4:00-6:00pm.

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